Monday Ministry Honors

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It seems these days we only tend to hear about people in ministry who are “Statistics in ministry” Meaning they are no longer serving in ministry due to an affair, addiction, personal issues or just burnt out, etc…

What I do on Mondays is to highlight one of my friends who is/has served the ministry faithfully. And honor the individual/couple who are faithful to the calling. Someone you might never hear about but is doing great things for the kingdom!

Today, I would like to honor a good friend and fellow Campus Pastor here in Catoosa County. Paul S. Laso

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Paul is the Campus Pastor at Brainerd North Georgia. That launched in August of last year.

I met Paul years ago when he was a Freshmen coming to college at Tennessee Temple University. I knew then that there was something special about this young man and that God was going to use him in a great way.

Paul, It’s been great watching you go from a freshman in college to a Campus Pastor! I love doing ministry in the same county with ya bro. Proud of you and all that yall are doing to reach people here in Catoosa County! Keep up the great work and I pray the best days are yet to come for you and BBC-NG!

#MondayMinistryHonor #KingdomWork

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Monday Ministry Honor

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It seems these days we only tend to hear about people in ministry who are “Statistics in ministry” Meaning they are no longer serving in ministry due to an affair, addiction, personal issues or just burnt out, etc…

What I do on Mondays is highlight one of my friends who is/has served the ministry faithfully. And honor the individual/couple who are faithful to the calling. Someone you might never hear about but is doing great things for the kingdom!

Today, I would like to honor a good friend Ronnie Brown

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I met Ronnie years ago when he was my Sunday school teacher & video guy for my home church Temple Baptist.

It’s been an awesome journey watching Ronnie go from a College basketball player who didn’t know Jesus to a fired up a follower of Jesus who’s become a well-published author/podcaster and preacher of the word!

Ronnie has a passion for the Word of God and a desire to communicate the truth of scripture through the spoken and written word.

Ronnie, Thank you for being a faithful follower and preacher of the Gospel! In good or bad seasons of life, you know who you are in Christ and it’s encouraging to watch you go through those times without compromising who you are in Him! From the outside looking in at your life and ministry, it’s very evident God’s got his hand all over you and your ministry!

Honored to call you friend. Keep pointing people to Jesus brother!

Check out the Podcast here – http://forgottenpodcast.com/

#MondayMinistryHonor #KingdomWork

 

Volunteers – YOU MATTER!

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Easter is the most important week on our calendar. It’s the easiest week to get folks to come to church, that’s why we push invites so hard. It’s also one of the highest attended weekends of the year. However, attendance is not our goal. Granted, it is exciting to run out of seats. This Easter, join me in prayer that we will do more than just attract people to our church and have them walking away saying “that church is great.” We want people to walk away having had an encounter with an almighty God and their life to be forever changed as a result of it! I can promise you this… We aren’t going to post our number of people in attendance on social media or how many prayed a one-time prayer to toot our own horn. We are praying God will change lives for the rest of their lives, not just an emotional moment!

That being said, this is our Super Bowl Sunday. During Super Bowl week everybody is fully engaged. So don’t just invite but as you serve do it remembering this will be the first time or first time in a long time a lot of people will be walking into our doors. Every number has a name and every name has a story. A story of hurt, healing, struggle, need of HOPE that we are offering in the name of Jesus. Remember, even though you shake 500 hands you will only shake theirs once. That cup of coffee you hand out will be the first cup of coffee they get even though you’ve made 8 pots of coffee and handed out 1000 cups. That seat you usher them to will be the first time they are taken to their seat. This will help them feel comfortable. Say a short prayer when you shake their hand, hand them a cup of coffee or take them to their seat.

We are tour guides, not mailmen.

We don’t just give them something we show them!

YOU aren’t just filling a spot, YOU matter! YOU are Living Sent by serving! We can’t connect people from all walks of life to life in Christ without YOU! Thanks for being faithful to serve each and every week.

Come energized, early and ready to connect people to life in Christ this and every weekend because JESUS IS ALIVE every week not just Easter! 

#ReadyBreak #FiredUp #EasterWeekend

 

 

Now Hiring – Student Pastor!

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The Best Is Yet To Come!

January 13th, 2013 Rock Bridge Ringgold had our first service here as a campus.

That night Rock Bridge Student Ministry kicked off. It’s been an incredible 6 years of growth with hundreds of students connecting to life in Christ!

We quickly hired a Student Pastor, however a short time after taking the job he stepped away due to some tragic personal events.  So to fill a gap I stepped into the role of Student Pastor for what was supposed to be a short transitional period.

Fast forward 5 years and I’m still here filling both the role of campus pastor and student pastor. After much prayer and conversations about the growth we are experiencing here at the Ringgold campus we feel now would be the right time to hire a student pastor! I’m excited that we are going to get someone totally dedicated to RBSMRinggold and will take this ministry to a whole nother level! The best really is yet to come!

God alone gets the glory for the tremendous growth in the last 5 years and the one constant is our incredible RBSM Adult leadership team. They are consistent and passionate about students and their relationship with Jesus. These folks give their time, talent and energy week in and week out to invest in the life of your student. On top of a great leadership team, we have a full worship, production, hospitality, and security team. RBSM is in good hands and I’m confident that the best days are yet to come!

I ask that you be in prayer now for our candidates and ultimately the person who will fill the role of Student Pastor and take RBSMRinggold to the next level!

I want to make sure to be real clear here. I am NOT leaving Rock Bridge Community Church! I am still the Campus Pastor and excited to step back into my role as CP only, with more intentionality, focus, and passion as we move into a new chapter here in the life of our campus.

Let’s continue to connect people from all walks of life to life in Christ!

Interested in applying for the Ringgold Student Pastor position? Click Here to Apply 

FIRED UP!

JC

Pastors Can Make the Worst Friends

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Most pastors are nice people, they just don’t make good friends.

That may seem harsh to say, but as a pastor, I think it is true.

Hear me out.

Pastoral ministry is an all encompassing job. It is highly relational, emotional, mental and spiritual. It can be draining physically and overwhelming. It isn’t harder than other jobs, it is just different.

Because you can get a call at any moment with something that needs attention, many pastors burnout and struggle to have boundaries so they can rest and recharge.

Pastors spend so much time counseling people, helping people work through issues or sitting in meetings that when they meet someone, they often see them as a project instead of a person. They see them as someone who will need something, someone who will need advice or need to be fixed instead of a person to simply spend time with.

For most pastors, church is something they are always thinking about. The next capital campaign, new ministry year, next sermon series, next issue, hiring a new person. It never stops. They spend all their time with people talking about church. They sit with their wife on date night and talk about church. It is not just a job, it is their life. It is who they are and this becomes unhealthy.

Then, they meet someone new and they can’t stop talking about church. They can’t shut it off.

What do you do then? How can you become a better friend if you are a pastor? Here are 5 ideas:

  1. Have friends who don’t attend church (or your church). This is crucial. If you don’t have any friends who don’t attend church, that’s a great clue that you aren’t good at friendships. Churched people will tolerate a pastor who don’t stop talking about church or is a poor friend because they want to be close to a pastor. An unchurched person won’t take that.
  2. Have a no church talk zone. There should be a time of day, a day each week where you stop talking about church stuff. Stop thinking about, stop checking your email. Don’t talk about it at least once a week. For many pastors this will be so hard to do, but incredibly healthy.
  3. Take a day off. If you aren’t taking your day off as a pastor, you are sinning. I’m blown away by how many pastors are killing themselves working 6 or 7 days a week. Stop it. Rest, recharge, take some down time.
  4. Get in a small group. I’m blown away by how many pastors are not in a small group or missional community at their church. They’ll often say that the elders are their small group. This line of thinking attempts to make a pastor untouchable and that’s a sin. In a small group, people see who you are, you can’t hide any longer. You start to see how people see you and if you are any good at community. This might feel like it goes against #1 but it doesn’t because many pastors don’t have friends in their church. Now, you need to be careful here. You don’t just share everything with someone in your church, you must show discretion on the information and with the person. There have been times Katie and I have shared everything about a situation with our MC, and sometimes not. Each situation is different, but you should be in community with some people in your church who are not in leadership.
  5. Get a hobby. I was talking with some pastors the other day I am coaching out of burnout and I asked them, “What do you do for fun? What recharges you? What is fun?” Blank stares. Many pastors do not have a hobby. Things like fixing a car, working with wood, hiking, playing sports, knitting or cooking. Nothing. If that’s you, sit down and answer that question, what do I find fun? If you don’t have a hobby, you won’t have anything that lets off steam, anything that is fun, anything to do with others.